Road to the Isles Festival of Running: notice of cancellation

We are extremely sorry to inform you about the cancellation of our upcoming Running Festival on 6th May 2023.

The event has been cancelled for a number of reasons including; economic viability, a shortfall in staff and volunteer numbers and an overriding concern for event safety.

We wish to give ticket holders as much advance notice and we understand that you will be disappointed. We intend to hold the event in 2024 and will be taking active steps to ensure future events go ahead as planned.

We are well aware that many of our attendees and sponsors contributed financial payments towards our event. We are now working on issuing the appropriate refunds back to you as quickly as possible. We would be pleased to convert ticket purchases and event sponsorship to donations to the Leisure Centre, (which is a community owned Social Enterprise and a charitable organisation) should you wish to give your generous support in this way.

We were looking forward to your attendance in 2023 and hope to see you register for future events hosted by us. Once again, please accept our apologies for the unfortunate cancellation of the 2023 Running Festival. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter and

Thank you to all participants, staff and our volunteers for making the previous events memorable and great. We look forward to the return of the Festival of Running in 2024. 💛

General information – Festival of Running

For the uninitiated, the views along the route for all of our events are some of the best you could hope to experience anywhere in the world!  Based in the picturesque highland vilage of Arisaig, you’ll be running along some of the most  beautiful minor roads in the UK with amazing uninterrupted views to the islands of Muck, Rum and Eigg, and alongside the pristine white caribbean beaches of Silver Sands and Camusdarach [google them, they’re amazing]. This is a great family running festival with something for everyone – so bring your family, kids, friends and loved ones to the most beautiful part of the world for the most amazing running event.

Our Marathon & Festival of Running day comprises the following events: Provisional start times as follows:

Full Marathon – 9.30am
Half Marathon – 11.30am
10k – 12pm
5km – 12.15pm

All competitors receive a free Road to the Isles Running Festival technical t-shirt worth £9.99. Just enter your t-shirt size at sign up via Entry Central. There is also the option to purchase a gorgeous limited edition Road to the Isles Events bespoke designed Blue Sea & Sky Buff featuring an image of our stunning highlands and islands.

If running isn’t your thing, or you have family coming with you who want to get involved, then we also have our “Walk on the Wild Side”, a walking event that follows the Half Marathon route!

Walk on the Wild Side – 10.30am

And for the youngest members of the family, this year we’re introducing a “Wee Run” [800m] for 5yrs and under [sadly no t-shirt for the wee ones, but there will be lollipops].

Wee Run – 12.30pm

The routes are available on the website with links below. 

We look forward to welcoming you back and thank you for all your support.  Mallaig Pool & Leisure is a social enterprise run by a small dedicated team as well as volunteers from the community. All profit from this event go towards the costs of running future events and for the day-to-day running of the facility .  

Come along, tell your friends, bring your family – it will be a great day out.  Let the training commence


For the 10km route click here
For the Half Marathon route click here
The Marathon does the Half Marathon route twice
Well done to all the great runners how took part in out Festival of Running in May 2022! 
2022 Race results can be found here

2019 Race results can be found here

2018 Race results can be found here.